Good morning friends!
It is still winter in this side of the country and we are expected to get 12 inches of snow starting tonight. I'm trying to not even think about that right now lest I sink into an immediate seasonal depression. Last night must've been around 10 degrees F, SO COLD! My body is just aching for Spring.
On another note, I had such a wonderful Sabbath! Started out teaching the youth about witnessing and how we can be more effective witnesses of Christ and for Christ. Then, I was challenged and flabbergasted by our Pastor's sermon on the spirituality of the Law. BLEW MY MIND. But that happens most days anyway. I learned that God's Law (Exodus 20) is but a minimal requirement, a basic guideline, but no where NEAR what God's ideals are for us! As we grow and mature in Christ, we begin to understand the complexity of it like what Jesus meant when speaking of divorce in Matthew 5 or His words in the Sermon on the Mount. More so, as Christians, we must respect where other people are at in their spiritual walk. If we are helping someone come to Jesus, we cannot give them a prescription of Christian living applicable to all. Instead, we need to affirm their steps in the right direction, encouraging them in love to continue their quest to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Can we just embrace the fact that God's law is a joy, a will, a plan from God for our happiness? It is not a boring Law School book, it is a manual for abundant life and goes far beyond than the basic requirement of "do not kill." Cue in other 9.
After that, we ate a delicious potluck with our church family, watched Louie Giglio describe the immensity of the Universe, felt really really small and so so loved by God, confirmed God's constancy through prophecy, cuddled with an adorable baby, and then went out with friends for some late-night belly filling. I had the hottest black bean burger, EVER. But it was delicious.
I feel like I haven't updated you all in such a long time. It's been exhausting, folks! School has been ridiculous, but I have good news for ME,
I AM ON SPRING BREAK! YES!
Happy Sunday, y'all! :)
dress: forever 21 gift, blouse: goodwill, leggings: target, boots: kenneth cole via marshalls